WikiSherpa is a free Wikitravel-gateway app for Android and iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch devices, created by Jon Evans. It can be used to download an arbitrary number of Wikitravel pages for offline reading, to plot Wikitravel listings on a map, to download and view OpenStreetMap maps while offline (with Wikitravel listings shown), and to edit Wikitravel while offline. Users can also download a complete snapshot of Wikitravel (and its associated Wikipedia pages) to their device for offline use, if they so desire.
The WikiSherpa server also allows users to plot Wikitravel listings atop Google Maps in any standard web browser.
- Search for and download any number of Wikitravel pages to a device.
- (In many cases, the Wikipedia page for a destination is also included.)
- Automatically download subpages (regions, districts, etc.) as well.
- Identify and download pages with listings near any given location.
- View geolocated listings (those with either a defined lat/long or a geocodable address) on a Google Map or OpenStreetMap within the app.
- Filter maps and/or catalogs by category (Eat, Drink, Sleep, Buy, etc.) or via a search.
- View downloaded pages either as a flat list or a hierarchical iTunes-like tree.
- Search downloaded pages.
- Download OpenStreetMap maps for subsequent offline use.
- Option to cache images in downloaded pages as well for subsequent offline use.
- View downloaded pages, maps, and images while offline.
- View downloaded pages in a hierarchical iTunes-like interface or on a single screen.
- View a catalog of all downloaded listings for a destination and its subpages.
- Get Flickr, Google, Yelp and TripAdvisor info for listings.
- View Foursquare listing information, where available
- Edit sections and listings. If offline, edits will be uploaded to Wikitravel when the app is next launched.
- View app announcements.
- Send messages to nearby app users, and/or read messages they have posted.
- (on WikiSherpa.com) Search for Wikitravel pages and map their geolocated listings in a browser.
The free version of the app displays ads if the device is online. A paid version, called WikiSherpa+, is available; this version has no ads.
The app currently has approximately 15,000 active users, roughly evenly distributed between Android and iOS.
Expected future features include:
- Lists of nearby events of interest to travellers